For this week’s post, I would like to extend my discussion on attunements and discuss the highly criticized topic of absent (or more commonly called, distance) attunements.
I would like to start out by saying that I have received both distance and in person attunements. My first Reiki attunement was a distance attunement. Without distance attunements, I would likely not be a Reiki practitioner today.
Why Distance Attunements?
The idea of a distance attunement is a natural extension of a very popular Reiki-ho technique taught at second level: distance healing. One of the symbols’ sole purpose is to connect practitioner and receiver over time and space. The process of using this symbol to send Reiki to a person anywhere in the world is one of the reasons many practitioners learn the second level of Reiki.
So if Reiki healing energy can be sent over a distance, then can an attunement? Well, the short answer is, “Yes.”
Distance Attunements vs Distance training
The system of Reiki is more than an attunement. There are teachings and practices that go along with it. Teachings that, in my opinion, can not be properly conveyed by sending a PDF along with the attunement. In a live class, there is more energy exchange than just the attunement. This is true of any class, not just a Reiki class or spirituality classes in general. Having taught computer classes for a number of years; I can assure you, energy is exchanged between teacher and student through the whole class.
Can this exchange be replicated in a distance environment? Sure it can, but it takes some extra effort on the part of the teacher and the student. Distance learning is not easier; it is in fact, harder. The advantage is that you can learn with someone not geographically close to you, and often on your own schedule. But it is definitely not easier.
What do distance attunements feel like?
But let’s get back to distance attunements. There are those that discredit distance attunements. They say they are inferior and the clairvoyants have “proven” they are not good. Now I will not get into the fact that most of the people saying this are charging some of the highest prices for their live classes. I can only speak from my experiences.
As I said earlier, my first attunement was a distance attunement. In fact, that was my first real energy work of any kind. I definitely felt when it happened. There was a noticeable sensation during the whole experience; I could tell when it started and when it stopped. And I was definitely a different person afterwards.
I have had many distance attunements since then. They tend to vary in intensity depending on my state at the time and are, no doubt, affected by the skill of the practitioner sending the attunement. But in all cases, I felt something happening, even if it was just a deep relaxation come over me. I have fallen asleep during more than one distance attunement.
The “weakest” distance attunements I have felt are the somewhat popular “chi ball” attunements. This is where the practitioner puts the energy of the attunement in a “ball” and sends it out to the Universe to be tapped into by the recipient when they are ready. I have experienced a few of these, and the sensation was minimal. I am not so full of myself that I don’t realize the problem may be on my end, but my experience with other attunements suggests otherwise.
So distance attunements, what is the verdict? I think they have their place. They don’t replace all attunements, but they can be useful in the right situation. If there are no teachers in your area, or the teachers in your area are not a good fit for you; then a distance attunement is better than nothing. What do you think?